Sir Joseph John Talbot Hobbs personal diaries, Vol. I (25 April 1915 to 14 January 1916)

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Note: One of the Guns of 4th Bty put out of action by having a wheel blown off has suffered this way now 7 times. X It is curious how many permanent officers have knocked up & gone away to England sick - ? or elsewhere. Phillips, 4th Batt - Sweetland 1st Forbes (college boy.) Lloyd 1st Btty. Some of them are frightful pessimists & grousers. Note: I expect fully we shall be shelled out one morning. Div Art H.Qs. is really in a Gully right under 4th Batty. X [Gun protection] The result of my experience is that the weakness of the 18pd is its spring case. the rope protection is good but not enough. I further protect with sand bags with a necklace also being on the shield - at least 18" of earth is necessary for head cover[ ***] of embrasure 8' long thickness of epaliment, 7 feet two walls of sand bags earth between & banked up outside Gun[ ] sunk with earth as much as possible. emplacement just large enough for Gun & det. recesses for Ammo outside Gun emplacement. loose bags of sand kept ready in Shelter pit 105